Auburn Hills, Michigan [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] United Solar Ovonic has signed an agreement with Actus Lend Lease to supply 7 MW of photovoltaic products. The solar network will pump clean energy into the Army’s power grid and is designed to reduce dependence on fossil fuels by 30 percent for the entire complex of 7,894 new and renovated homes that Actus Lend Lease plans for Army families stationed on Oahu.The captured energy also will help power 11 community centers and maintenance offices that will be built among the new and renovated homes. Actus Lend Lease, with more than 30,000 residential units in its portfolio, is a major player in creating superior public/private community developments. “As of today, no other solar-powered residential community comes close to the size and scope of Army Hawaii,” said Chris Sherwood, Senior Vice President of Development for Actus Lend Lease. “We selected United Solar Ovonic because of their superior product and ability to service a project of this scale.” United Solar Ovonic offers solar products that are lightweight, glass-free, flexible, durable, shadow tolerant, offer high-temperature performance and are easy to install. “Our collaboration with Actus fits with our overall strategy to develop long-term agreements with partners who are leaders in the housing/roofing market,” said Qudrat Delawari, United Solar Ovonic’s Vice President of Sales. In addition to its existing 25 MW photovoltaic manufacturing plant, United Solar Ovonic broke ground in July 2005 for its second solar module manufacturing plant in Auburn Hills, Mich., to double its solar cell/module manufacturing capacity. Occupancy of the new facility is scheduled for May 2006, and it is anticipated that the plant will begin manufacturing products in the fall of 2006 following optimization of the manufacturing equipment.